Being my birthday, this was the perfect day to add some new ink. I have seven other tattoos, most small, one that runs the nearly entire length of my spine, but it's been about fifteen years since I did the last one. I knew in my heart what I wanted and that now was the time.
The tattoo artist we use also did the beautiful tattoo on Papa Bear's forearm that I had done as a gift for Valentine's Day six years ago. He owns the shop and has been doing tattoos for twenty-seven years. He not only does excellent work, but has great artistic talent so that everything looks perfect.
Papa Bear is of course on the top of my wrist where I can see it and smile, and I can proudly share the story of our love with other people I encounter too. It is done in black with purple shadowing. In fact all four sections of the bracelet have purple shadowing, because I love purple. :-)
An engraved heart is to the left of Papa Bear, for love always and forever
A bear paw is on the right, another symbol for the man I love.
Connecting the two ends of the bracelet across the back of my wrist is this beautiful feather, in honor of the kids of the Pine Ridge Reservation in Dakota that I have come to love as if they were my own.
I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out - a gift from me to me - something that will remain with me for the rest of my life!